I always wondered how Chrysler was able to run special (if not reliable) destroked versions of the 340 for this series without making factory street versions with that displacement, while Ford and Chevrolet had to manufacture 302 cubic inch street versions in order to homologate their engines for the series.
Disclaimer: Second-hand info, and I don't know how much is factual. But it seems reasonable. I discussed this with Dick, owner of Hobby Depot. He said that he has customers regularly calling him for new NASCAR model kits, and has all along. He told me that the main reason for no newer kits is because of the Car of Tomorrow. Not so much because they were generic, but because NASCAR declared their design to be their intellectual property, and only allowed companies to make models who were willing to pay exorbitant licensing fees, like 200K-300K per model - and this left pretty much die cast companies as the only takers. This was also one of the things that upset the car manufacturers, until Ford and GM reportedly threatened to pull out of racing unless they were allowed to run cars that actually resembled what they sell. Thus, no more CoT as of 2013. The manufacturers now own the car designs. Will they loosen up on the model companies? It would be nice.
You know what keeps me coming back to look at this Mustang? The stance. I'm a stance wonk, and this car sits just right, with perfect height, in/out and fore/aft placement of the wheels within the wheel wells. It's the first thing I notice on any build, and as nice as it is, this kit doesn't build like that out of the box. Very few do. I also like the color combo, corrected headlights, and added wheel well trim. It all just comes together so well. -MJS